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In this handbook:

  • APS District Calendar
  • Phone Numbers
    • School
    • Before & After School Care Contacts
    • Bus Company
    • APS
  • Abbreviated Days
  • Adult Volunteers
  • Attendance / Safe Arrival
    • Early Departure
    • Tardy Policy
  • Bus Service
  • Before / After School Program
  • Building Use
  • Cafeteria
  • Cell Phones
  • Computer Lab
  • Counseling
  • Curriculum
  • Dress Code
  • Field Trips
  • Health Room
  • Immunizations
  • Library
  • Lost and Found
  • Parent / Teacher / Student Conferences
  • Parent Concerns
  • Pets
  • Phone Calls
  • Physical Education
  • Placement Policy
  • Recess
  • Safety
  • Student Insurance
  • Student Possessions
  • Student Pick-up Area
  • Textbooks
  • Visitors
  • Walking to School
  • School Discipline
  • S.O.A.R.
  • Daily 5
  • Orange Slips (level 1 warning)
  • Discipline Referrals (level 2 & 3 warning)
  • Bullying
  • Student Internet Acceptable Use Policy


This Parent / Student Handbook has been compiled to help you and your student be successful at school.

Parent / Student Handbook

The Pre-K Class has a separate Pre-K Handbook.


Attendance line: (505) 890-7375 ext 2.

Please call the attendance line by 8:00 a.m. EACH day that your child is absent. If we do not hear from you, the absence is unexcused. You can leave a message anytime on the 24 hour automated attendance line.
Record the following information:

  • Student's full legal name
  • Grade
  • Teacher's Name
  • Reason for absence (if a reason is not given it will be marked unexcused)
  • Your name
  • Contact phone number
  • The district’s automated Parent Link notification system will begin contacting parents at 8:10 a.m. with a safety call alerting you that an absence or tardy has been recorded for your child. At 6:30 p.m. you will receive a call for absences that have not been accounted for by a call to the school or the child arriving at school as tardy. 
  • Absences can be updated from unexcused to excused up to 3 days after the absence with a parent call or written note stating the reason for the absence. After 3 days, the parent must meet with the principal to have the absence excused.
  • APS students are allowed no more than (5) five unexcused absences per semester, and no more than (10) unexcused absences per school year. In compliance with New Mexico state law, APS reports students with excessive unexcused absences to the APS district attendance office, Bernalillo County Children’s Court and District Attorney’s Office. Elementary students whose tardies are considered excessive also may be referred to the Children’s Court Liaison.

  • Absences may be excused for the following reasons, with appropriate documentation:

    • Doctor’s appointment

    • Illness

    • Death in the family

    • Family emergency

    • Religious commitment

    • Diagnostic testing

    • School or college visit

  • In the event that the school has not received notification of an absence by a parent for 3 consecutive days, the school must make an attempt to contact the parent/guardian.

  • Excessive excused absences may result in further inquiry from the principal and request for additional documentation.

  • Family vacations are considered unexcused absences, and it is expected that parents will schedule vacations during periods of time when school is not in session.

  • Non-school sponsored activities or trips are considered unexcused.

  • A parent/guardian must notify the school each day that a student is signing out before the end of the instructional day in accordance with notification procedure established by the school.

Review the complete APS Attendance Policy

Cell Phones / Personal Electronic Devices

Students will be able to have a cell phone as long as it is turned off and remains in their backpack during the school day. Students will not be allowed to use cell phones during the school day unless it is in an extreme emergency and they have teacher permission. Misuse of cell phones during the school day or on campus will result in the phone being confiscated and given to the principal.  For all confiscated items, parents must come to the office and retrieve the phones in person.  Parents will be held responsible for the content of their child’s phone. Ventana Ranch will NOT replace or reimburse any lost, damaged, or stolen cell phones or other electronic devices.

Review APS Personal Electronic Devices policy

Dress Code

Per APS, student dress and grooming is to reflect high standards of personal conduct so that each student’s attire promotes a positive, safe and healthy atmosphere within the school.

Unacceptable clothing and accessories include, but are not limited to:

  • Gang-related attire
  • Excessively tight or revealing clothing
  • Short shorts
  • Clothing that exposes the stomach or midriff
  • Low-cut blouses
  • Spiked jewelry
  • Chains
  • Clothing or accessories promoting:
    1. Drugs (including alcohol and tobacco)
    2. Sexual activity
    3. Violence
    4. Disrespect or bigotry toward any group

In addition to this, at Ventana Ranch:

  • Hats, scarves, bandanas and sunglasses are not worn inside buildings or classrooms but are encouraged for wear outside to protect from sun damage.
  • Clothing should fit comfortably and be appropriately sized. Excessively baggy pants (those which are more than one size too large) are not allowed at school.
  • Shorts and skirts should be no shorter than “fingertip length.” The same fingertip measure will be used to judge appropriate length for t-shirts, and the width for shoulder straps.
  • Students may not wear “Heeleys” or “Roller Blades” or any other shoes with wheels while on the campus.
  • We highly encourage closed toed flat shoes in order to stay safe while on the playground.

If the dress code violation is correctable at school, the student will make the necessary changes. If the student needs a change of clothing, he/she will wait in the office until a parent or guardian provides appropriate clothing.

Review the complete APS Student Dress Policy


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